17 of the very best issues to do that week in Edmonton: December 12 to 18

Edmonton is bursting with holiday cheer and there are just a ton of things to do in YEG this week.

From a Kane Brown at Rogers Place to plenty of holiday events to get you into the Christmas spirit, check out those things and more this week.

Kane Brown

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What: The country music star is set to take the stage this Sunday for his Drunk or Dream Tour, and nothing beats some live country music in YEG!

When: December 18
Where: Rogers Place Arena
Cost: $37 to $135; tickets can be found here

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane

What: Treating residents for more than 50 years, Candy Cane Lane has become one of Edmonton’s must-see events of the holidays. Check it out from your vehicle or walk along the sidewalks and admire each home’s decadent displays.

Where: 148th Street from 99th to 92nd Avenue
When: December 10 to January 1, 2023
Tickets: Free

Luminaria: A Winter Garden Story

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What: Luminaria, a classic holiday event, returns to Edmonton this week at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. Enjoy candle-lit pathways, light displays, and warm fires around which to sip on a warm cup of apple cider.

When: November 23 to December 31
Where: University of Alberta Botanical Gardens — 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove
Tickets: Available online, $24 for adults

Check out an Oilers game

McDavid Hyman Oilers

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What: Nothing beats Oilers games around the holidays, and this week you can hit up two games. Get your tickets ASAP for a good time!

When: December 15, 17
Where: Rogers Place Arena
Cost: $51 to $870; tickets can be found here

Visit the Griswold house in Stony Plain

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What: A man in Stony Plain has recreated the legendary light display from the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and it’s so accurate that it’s even got an RV parked out front with a life-size statue of Cousin Eddie. The home has gained international attention over the years, so you’d better get out and see what everyone is talking about.

When: December 7 until TBD
Where: 64 Briarwood Point, Stony Plain
Cost: Free

Christmas lights at the Alberta Legislature

Alberta Legislature

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What: For more than 30 years, the grounds have been a festive haven for many, with a massive Christmas tree placed on the grounds and numerous surrounding trees being adorned with lights. It’s a lovely spot to go for a stroll with friends or on a date, or for the perfect holiday Instagram photo. Check it out ASAP!

When: December 8 until TBD
Where: Alberta Legislature — 10800 97th Avenue NW, Edmonton
Cost: Free

Leduc Country Lights

leduc country lights

Leduc Country Lights

What: One of the largest and brightest holiday events, the Leduc Country Lights is a must-visit each holiday season. Over the course of more than a decade, the event has grown into one of the largest winter attractions in the area, spread out over eight acres.

Where: 49541 Range Road 260, Calmar
When: December 1 to 31, 2022
Cost: $2

Borealis Lights

What: Similar to the Magic of Lights south of Edmonton, Borealis Lights in St. Albert is a brand new Christmas drive-thru light display in the Kinsmen RV Park. The display promises more than 800,000 twinkling holiday lights, with plenty of light displays and, of course, a drive-thru holiday tunnel that you, your friends, and your family will marvel at.

When: November 18 to January 8, 2023
Where: St Albert Kinsmen RV Park — 47 Riel Drive, St Albert
Cost: $25 per standard vehicle, tickets can be found here

Admire thousands of Christmas lights and enjoy a skate

Christmas lights Edmonton

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What: Central Park in Spruce Grove has been decorated for the holidays, with Christmas lights strung across trees, including one display that has lights hanging from a massive tree. It’s a stunning backdrop for a great holiday Instagram photo with thousands of lights all around you.

Where: 450 King Street, Spruce Grove
When: November 26 to March 2023
Tickets: Free

Merry Makers Market

This free holiday market will have plenty of handmade products specifically for Christmas, but also plenty of tasty local food vendors.

When: Saturday, December 10 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 15504 76th Avenue NW, Edmonton
Price: Free

Go tobogganing

Tobogganing Hills Edmonton

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What: Whether you are an adult or a child, tobogganing is one heck of a way to pass the time during the winter. Check out our roundup of some of the best tobogganing hills in Edmonton to visit for some sliding fun. Nothing beats some sledding over the holiday and winter break in Edmonton, that’s for sure!

Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Edmonton Christmas Market

What: Edmonton’s annual festive holiday market features not only family-friendly programming and 120+ rotating local vendors but also tons of exciting chef-driven food experiences.

When: November 30 to December 18 from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
Price: $15 per ticket, $10 for kids aged 6 to 17, and free for kids aged 5 and under

zoominescence

edmonton zoo

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What: Visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo this holiday season to enjoy all your favorite animals surrounded by festive light displays at the Zoominescence Festival of Light.

Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo — 13315 Buena Vista Road, Edmonton
When: December 2 and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, plus every evening from December 16 to January 1 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Tickets: $15.95: tickets can be found here

Magic of Lights

Castrol Raceway

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What: Immerse yourself in the dazzling display of thousands of Christmas lights at the RAD Torque Raceway as the Magic of Lights returns for another season. The 2.5 km stretch boasts more than one million lights using LED technology and digital animations to depict holiday scenes and characters of the season, with this year’s light show featuring some favorite displays from previous years. We love the classics!

Where: RAD Torque Raceway — 50342 Range Road 253, Leduc County
When: November 24, 2022 to January 1, 2023
Tickets: $30 to $120; tickets can be found here

Go skating at the new rink in the ICE District

ICE district rink

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What: Downtown Edmonton just got a whole lot sharper, with the skating rink at ICE District Plaza opening for the season. The rink is perfectly centered in the plaza with a skate shack situated beside it, so grab your skates and get at it!

Where: ICE District Plaza
Cost: Free

Art Gallery of Alberta

What: Wander through the thoughtful and beautiful artwork at the Art Gallery of Alberta and marvel at each exhibit. Grab a bite at a downtown Edmonton restaurant when you are all finished!

When: Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm; Thursdays, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Cost: $14, purchase online

Elk Island National Park

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What: Whether you’re hitting the trails, stargazing, or trying to see some buffalo, this national park is well worth the short drive out there. Why not enjoy the outdoors at this prestigious national park?

When: Open year-round
Where: 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
Cost: Free; Parks Canada pass is required to enter

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